Global Impact STEM Academy, the nation's first bioscience-focused science, technology, engineering and math school, officially opened its doors last week. The school held a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. in front of the school's first-year location, Shull Hall, on the campus of Clark State Community College in Springfield.
The school will focus on career-readiness and preparing Ohio students for jobs in the fields of biosciences like food and agriculture, environmental studies, healthcare and energy. With a mastery curriculum focused on real-world, hands-on projects that foster student excellence, Global Impact will open for its first year in 2013 on the campus of Clark The school's staff, students and statewide dignitaries gathered for the event in celebration of the school's launch. Those in attendance included community leaders, local government officials, and other state program and industry representatives.
"There has been a lot of work and energy poured into this unique educational opportunity for our students, and it's great to finally see this day," says Josh Jennings, director. "We cannot thank our supporters and endorsers enough for what they've done to see this day become a reality."
The program included a few words from Jennings, Clark State Community College President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, State Sen. Chris Widener and industry representative Melanie Wilt of Wilt Public Relations. Following the program, attendees were welcomed into Shull Hall to explore the classrooms and meet the teachers.
Wesley Sizemore was one of the first students to apply for the school. His mother, Karen says, she "knew Wesley was going to go to a STEM school no matter where it was," since her son would enjoy hands-on learning. Now, she's excited to have the first STEM school of its kind in her back yard.
"It's like winning the lottery of education, with the payoff being a great start to Wesley's college career," says Sizemore about her son's enrollment in the school.